2018 Football Video Recap: Belmont Hill 21, St. Sebastian’s 17
By Mike Flanagan - @fLAno0
NEEDHAM – Belmont Hill came from 10 points down in the final 8:15 of the fourth quarter to stun arch-rival and previously unbeaten St. Sebastian’s on their home field on Friday afternoon, prevailing 21-17 to force a three-way tie atop the ISL 7 between Seb’s, Belmont Hill and BB&N.
Senior captain and wide receiver Justin O’Neil-Riley was the star of the day for the Hillies (6-1,4-1), hauling in a game-high 12 receptions for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the would-be game-winner with 4:04 to play.
Belmont Hill quarterback Mike Piazza hooked up with O’Neil-Riley for an 83-yard touchdown with 3:20 to play in the first quarter to draw first blood for the Hillies. The game remained 7-0 until 6:43 left in the second quarter when Connor Bartsch booted home a 28-yard field goal to get the Arrows (6-1, 5-1) on the board and make it a 7-3 game.
St. Sebastian’s forced a turnover on a fumbled reverse by the Hillies, recovering the ball at the one-yard line. Bryce Gallagher bulldozed his way into the end zone on the first play of the ensuing possession with 39 seconds remaining to give Seb’s a 10-7 lead at the half.
Billy Seidl marched the Arrows down the field towards the end of the third quarter before hooking up with Louis Hansen for an 11-yard score just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter to push Seb’s lead to 10 points at 17-7.
Following the Hansen score, Piazza led the Hillies right down the field, finishing off the drive with a five-yard hook-up to Jaylen Bailey to make it a three-point game once again at 17-14 with 8:15 remaining. Seb’s misplayed a punt on their ensuing series and Belmont Hill took over with a short field with the chance to tie or take the lead. Four plays into the drive, Piazza found O’Neil-Riley from 17 yards out in the corner of the end zone on a beautiful double-move for the go-ahead score with 4:04 to play.
Following an exchange of punts, Seidl and the Arrows got the ball back down four with under 1:30 to play and needed 82 yards for the go-ahead score. Belmont Hill’s defense stood tall, sacking Seidl once and pressuring him three times, culminating in an incomplete pass on fourth down to force a turnover on downs. Piazza and the offense took the field and knelt to victory as the Hillies and their student section celebrated the huge comeback win.
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